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New NIKKOR 50mm F1.8 lens with a built-in auto focus motor gets officially announced

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The lens that was eluded to nearly a fortnight ago is now here to stay. Nikon have officially drawn the curtain back on the new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G lens.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G lens

Other than its shiny new-ness, the 50mm F/1.8G can pull off some interesting tricks. With the inclusion of a dedicated Silent Wave Motor the lens can promise quiet auto focusing on all Nikon bodies and at the same time, instant access to its manual focus capabilities. Read more »

The follow up to the short-lived Sony NEX-3 spotted, meet the NEX-C3

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In mid-2010, Sony released the highly successful NEX-3 Compact. It sported a huge 14.2 MP sensor, a large adjustable screen, interchangeable lenses and could shoot 720p HD video. Oddly enough, Sony decided that despite its success they would then take it off the shelves after only 8 months of availability. It seems now however that its successor is getting ready to take the stand.

Sony NEX-C3

Leaked shots of the NEX-C3 have been spotted and it looks to build on the reputation of its predecessor. For a start it comes with a 16.2MP image sensor, the same sensor used in the Sony A55 DSLR. It will most likely support full 1080p HD video recording and as you can see in the image above, comes with a far more impressive flash than that of the NEX-3. It also keeps the interchangeable lens functionality and the tiltable LCD screen. Read more »

These Nokia E6-00 camera samples are keen to convince you fixed-focus cameras are not slacking

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Who said fixed-focus cameras aren’t fit for proper shooting? Nokia wants to prove that you won’t be losing anything in terms of picture quality if you go for the Nokia E6-00 and its 8MP fixed-focus snapper.

That’s why they have selected a bunch of photos taken from an internal competition at Nokia during the device’s testing. Read more »

A Nikon 50mm F1.8 lens with a built-in auto focus motor is around the corner

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Nikon recently published (and then removed) details on their US site of a new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G lens complete with a Silent Wave focusing motor.

new 50mm nikkor lens and d5100

This unofficially announced design should allow autofocus on all entry-level Nikon DSLR bodies, including the latest D5100 and D3100 the lens should work with both FX and DX DSLRs. Read more »

Motorola Atrix drops by the office, we take it for a spin, pit it against the HTC Desire S and the iPhone 4

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We’ve been expecting this one for a long time. And it’s finally here. The Motorola Atrix has come to our office and we’re eagerly working on a full review.

The Moto Atrix means business with its dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB worth of RAM and qHD (540×960) resolution. It’s a flagship by any standards and we’ll be testing whether it’s up to the task of competing with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus 2X.

We actually have the Atrix 4G variety – that’s the model for the US market but there are no important differences between the two models – except perhaps the supported 3G bands.

We have a video demo and unboxing for you guys to look at while you wait for the review. Without any further ado, here it is. Read more »

Nikon D5100 DSLR announced, brings premium imaging on the cheap

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With the kind of success the Nikon D7000 had, it was only a matter of time that Nikon introduced a slightly trimmed down version that brings its great imaging capabilities to the lower market segments. Enter the Nikon D5100!

Built around the same 16.2 MP APS-C imager as the D7000, the Nikon D5100 can capture 1080p@24p, 25p or 30p video with continuous autofocus and even adds an articulated screen to what looks like an already attractive package. Notably more compact and 220g lighter than the D7000, the new D5100 retains the same screen size (3”) and resolution (921k dots). Read more »

Shooting time-lapse videos with the iPhone 4 is a blast, here’s how

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Time lapse videos are one of the most beautiful and many times stunning, even, forms of video capture. A time lapse video is a sequence of many photos, which display the world in front of you in a fast seamless motion.

And if you thought time lapse videos are only for the pros, you’re wrong. Yes, there’s an app for that too… And if you don’t have an iPhone…

Bahh, I’m kidding. The TimeLapse app is a great iPhone/iPod Touch app, which puts you in control of your own short movie project. Chances are you’ll surprise yourself how good those videos actually can get with almost no effort. Read more »

Sigma DP2x large sensor compact to launch in the US in April for $800

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The new compact camera Sigma DP2x has been confirmed for US launch in April with the fairly high pricetag of $800.

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Olympus announces SZ-30MR multi-recording superzoom and Tough TG-810 rugged compact

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Olympus just unveiled the exciting SZ-30MR superzoom camera, which is the first in the world to support multi-recording. This means you can snap the occasional 16MP photo, even while you are actively recording 1080p video with the camera and you won’t lose any video frames while doing that. Oh, and we also got another rugged compact – the Olympus Tough TG-810.

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Pentax announces Optio WG-1 and WG-1 GPS rugged cameras, a silver K-5 DSLR

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Pentax also joined the camera announcement party today in preparation for the CP+ camera show in Japan that’s due to start tomorrow. Pentax is throwing in a couple of rugged compacts and a silver version of their pretty successful K-5 DSLR.

As you could imagine, the WG-1 and WG-1 GPS are perfectly identical, but for the built-in GPS. Both are built around 1/2.33” sensors of 14 megapixel resolution and have 5x zoom f/3.5-5.5 lenses. The 28 – 140mm range covered is hardly spectacular, but still decent for the rugged league. Read more »

Samsung to release two compacts with great bang-for-buck value – the PL20 and ES80

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Samsung is aiming at the masses with its PL20 and ES80 budget compacts. The 14 megapixel PL20 (picture below) is the better of the two with a 27mm wide-angle lens and 720p video recording at 24 fps. It offers 5x optical zoom, all this in a compact point-and-shoot body of the reasonable 20mm thick body.

The Samsung PL20

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Olympus unveils the SZ-10, VR-330 and VR-320 superzooms and VG-110 budget compact

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Olympus has a thing for superzoom compacts so it’s little wonder that three of their four camera announcements today belong in that category. Today the company lifted the curtain of the DSLR-like SZ-10, packing 18x zoom lens, the ultra-wide angle VR-330 and VR-320 that zoom up to 12.5 times and the affordable VG-110.

The star of the show, the Olympus SZ-10, packs a 1/2.3” 14 MP CCD sensor and f/3.1-4.4 lens that covers the 28 – 504mm range in 35mm equivalent. The SZ-10 3” LCD screen features 460k dots, which is Read more »

Canon EOS 600D and EOS 1100D aim at the entry-level DSLR market

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Today Canon announced a couple of new additions to their DSLR portfolio. The 600D (or T3i in the US) is an update to the 550D, while the 1100D (T3) is a long due refreshment to the 1000D affordable-priced DSLR.

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Canon announces four new Point&Shoot cameras, FullHD and HDMI all around

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Canon opened a bag of point-and-shoot cameras – all 5 of them can record 1080p video with stereo sound but they have other tricks up their sleeves too, things like manual controls, touchscreen, HDMI, GPS, slow-mo videos and so on.

I’d like you to meet the Canon IXUS 310 HS, SX230 HS/SX220 HS, IXUS 220 HS and IXUS 115HS. Sure they are a mouthful in on sentence, but believe me they are worth the attention… Read more »

3D shooting, 1080p video, powerful zooms and ruggedness, enter the new Panasonic compacts

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Panasonic announced four new cameras to join the eightsome from CES. This time, it’s all about HD video, 3D photos, zoom, touchscreens, geo-tagging and even some ruggedness.

Meet the four new models – the Panasonic TZ20 (ZS10 in the US), TZ18 (ZS8 in the US), FX77 (FX78 in the US) and the FT3 (TS3 in the US)… Read more »